A beneficial feature that helps to create its serenity is the numerous islands such as Hon Tam, Hon Mot, Hon Mun, and Hon Tre, which act as a huge wind screen to calm the weather and make it peaceful year round for Nha Trang. Along its 7 km city beach front, it is a beautiful oasis paradise with pure white sand and inclined coconut trees reflecting into the blue water as the waves crash onto shore.
The aquatic animal and plant life is very abundant with 350 kinds of coral, 250 kinds of fish, 27 kinds of sea urchin, 112 kinds of mollusks, and 69 kinds of crustations. In addition, there are different salt-marsh forests and sea grass cover. This territorial water has the highest concentration of biological life in the country.
Nha Trang weather is likened to the Mediterranean climate with a long dry season and short rainy season; predominantly being warm year round. The sky is most always blue with lots of sunshine. Tourism season in Nha Trang lasts 10 months out of the year. This is an attractive feature not only for tourists, but also to tourism investors from different countries.
Nha Trang prides it self as the most charming sea town of Vietnam with highly developed facilities. Guests can come to Nha Trang by land, rail, air, or the sea. Tourists have many beachfront 4-5 star hotel choices such as the Evasion Hideaway, Ana Mandara, Sunrise Beach Resort, Saigon Yasaka Nha Trang. The crown jewel being on Hon Tre island which has a complex tourism area with the 5-star Vinpearl, Vinpearl Land amusement center, and the longest cable skyway system over the ocean in Southeast Asia (3,320 metres long). Nha Trang also was the site of Miss Earth 2007, Miss Universe 2008 and plans to host Miss World 2010.
Nha Trang also hosts numerous water sports such as jet skiing, water skiing, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, and parasailing. Given its proximity to the sea, it is not surprising that Nha Trang's restaurants serve outstanding seafood. A number of restaurants along the seafront provide a pleasant outdoor setting for eating freshly caught fish, shrimp and squid.
Nha Trang is an ideal destination not only for sightseeing, but also for MICE programs such as Teambuilding, discovering nature while combined with sports activities, as well as lots of rest and relaxation.
Places of interest
Islands in Nha Trang Bay
The islands of Hon Tre, Hon Mieu, Hon Mot, Hon Tam and Hon Mun are just a few kilometres from Cau Da Wharf. The water is clear and the marine life is diverse enough to ensure marine sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving. After a swim or a dive, visitors may go punting to explore fishing villages on the islands, tasting local seafood specialties, watching fishermen go about their daily jobs or simply enjoying completely unspoilt scenic beaches. See location of islets on the map of Nha Trang Islands.
Long Son Pagoda
Built in 1889, Long Son Pagoda is the main and largest pagoda in Nha Trang. The entrance and the roofs are decorated with mosaic dragons made of glass and bits of ceramic tile. The main sanctuary is an attractive hall adorned with modern interpretations of traditional motifs. At the top of the hill behind the pagoda is a huge white Buddha statue seated on a lotus blossom which is visible from all around.
Nha Trang Cathedral
Nha Trang Cathedral, built in French Gothic style and complete with medieval-looking stained glass windows, stands on a small hill overlooking the train station. It was constructed of simple cement blocks between 1928 and 1933. Three large bells were provided by the Bourdons Carillons Company in 1934, and a big clock was assembled on the tower in December 1935. Masses are held from Monday through Saturday at 5 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 5 a.m., 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Founded in 1923, the Oceanographic Institute is housed in a grand French-colonial building in the Cau Da area. It has an aquarium, a specimen room and a library. The aquarium is home to a variety of colourful live specimens of local marine life. Besides, a large hall behind the main building contains 60,000 dead specimens, including stuffed sea birds and fish, corals and corporeal remains of other marine creatures preserved in glass jars.
Nha Trang’s Pasteur Institute was founded in 1895 by Dr Alexandre Yersin (1863-1943). Dr Yersin’s library and office are now a museum located on the second floor; items on display include laboratory equipment and some of his personal effects. There is a picture of Dr Yersin above the door to the veranda. The model boat was given to him by local fishermen with whom he spent a great deal of his life. The entrance gate is located at 10 Tran Phu St.
Po Nagar Towers
Built between the 7th and 12th centuries, the Cham towers of Po Nagar were used for Hindu worship. Today, both Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists come to Po Nagar to pray and make offerings according to their traditions. Only with loose bricks and with neither plaster on the walls nor mortar between the bricks - the towers have stood for many centuries. Standing on a granite hillock by the Cai River, the towers offer a fantastic view of Xom Bong Bridge and docks of trawlers and junks.
Thap Ba Hot Spring